Six Steps Toward Owning a Pool

Buying a pool is an exciting prospect, but don't forget to follow these six steps as you begin the purchasing process.

  1. Ask how your pool and spa will give you what you'd most enjoy. From a relaxing oasis to a place to play, the process begins with what you want.  Small or lavish, modest or flamboyant, think not just about the pool itself, but the environment that meets your needs, suits your lifestyle, and counts most when you’re slipping into the water. Click here for the PHTA Construction Checklist. Review our Design Ideas gallery and ask a PHTA member professional.
  2. *Consider affordability. How much will you invest in your pool and spa? Your costs will depend on elements such as size, additions, hot tub, water features, screen enclosure, heater (gas, electric or solar) and deck or patio design. The cost of owning a pool is also determined by more than just size, shape, and materials, so remember to consider such factors as quality of workmanship and design, underground strength, ease of maintenance, warranty, and service.  Read more here. And consult a PHTA member professional for answers to all your questions
  3. Think about the ideal pool type will meet your needs, budget, and setting. What size and shape is best?  What materials will work?  What's my budget for buying, installing, and creating the most enticing setting? Learn more about pool design here. And consult your PHTA member professional for solutions and options to answer every need.
  4. Consider equipment and other options. Will I want fresh water, salt water, or another medium?  Should my pool be heated?  What kind of equipment will keep the water sparkling and my energy needs low?  A good pump is essential, so ask about energy efficiency, capacity, quiet operation, warranty and, of course, price.  Which filter is best?  From sand to diatomaceous earth (D.E.) to cartridges, your PHTA member professional can help you sort out the best equipment options and solutions for your needs.
  5. Where should your pool go? There’s a size, shape, and type of pool for almost any environment. Speak with an PHTA member pool professional to discover all the available poolscapes and water features – and the best place to put them. From landscaping to lavish decking, from outdoor kitchens and fireplaces to cascading waterfalls, there are countless – and affordable – ways to make your pool an inviting addition to your home. Click here for more on setting the stage and landscaping ideas.
  6. Find the right professional Qualified, PHTA member professionals are on your side, answering your questions accurately and serving your needs with quality performance, skill, professionalism and reliability.  PHTA Certified Professionals also have demonstrated their commitment to enhanced education and an adherence to a stringent Code of Ethics. Click here to find the PHTA member professional near you.

*PHTA is not a financial institution or lender. Please contact a financial advisor, bank, mortgage lender, or PHTA member builder in your area for details about pool financing.